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Digest 26 September 2000 - Vol. 1, No. 7

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1) Compiling The Dormouse Bibliography (W. Haberl)

Dear Dormousers,

I would like to start serious work compiling "The Dormouse Bibliography". So, - besides sending in your new and / personal references -, I would be indebted if you could send me your complete files of the dormouse literature (not only your own publications). -Please contact me before sending files, in order to agree on the file format to be sent.

We have quite a few online lists in the Dormouse Hollow, but The "Dormouse Bibliography" aims to become a complete compilation of hitherto publications on dormice. Your help is greatly appreciated and would save me a lot of time typing.

Also, if you have spare reprints or if you can make photo-copies of publications or manuscripts, I would be grateful if you could send them to the following address:

Werner Haberl
Hamburgerstrasse 11/17
A-1050 Vienna

Thank you,
Werner Haberl
Editor of "Dormouse Talk"

2) Types of Nestboxes used in Lithuania (R. Juškaitis)

Dear Rod,

For dormice study I use simple wooden nestboxes for birds. Their dimensions are: height - 25 cm, inner bottom - 12 x 12 cm, diameter of entrance hole - 32 mm, - for Muscardinus and Dryomys, and 30 cm, 14 x 14 cm and 40 mm, respectively, - for Glis. Entrance hole is directed to the opposite side from the tree-trunk. A hook, made from wire, is fixed to a back-wall of the nestboxes. I hang nestboxes on the branches using long stick in the height of about 4 meters. So, I do not need a ladder, and I can have a nestbox standing on the ground. Usually I put up nestboxes to hazel (Corylus avellana), because in Lithuania dormice occupy more willingly nestboxes put up in hazel, but not in mature trees.

With best wishes from Lithuania,
Rimvydas Juškaitis
Institute of Ecology, Akademijos 2, LT-2600 Vilnius, Lithuania

3) Results from the September 2000 Nestbox-Check in Lithuania (R. Juškaitis)

Below I present results of my last nestboxes controls.

18-20 September I checked 272 nestboxes at my main Muscardinus study site and found 57 dormice (plus 2 litters with females). One marked female born this year had offspring. Number of dormice found in nestboxes was the same as on 4-7 September and similar to the same period of the last year. Muscardinus population is stable with low density: on average less then 1 adult/1 ha.

21 September I checked 20 nestboxes at Dryomys site, but I did not find any dormice. From April till August I used to find 4 - 14 Dryomys. Last year, on 4 September I found 2 Dryomys, and on 23 September - also no dormice. Do Dryomys leave nestboxes so early also in other parts of their distribution?

The same day (21 September) I visited Rumsiskes forest, where Glis and Muscardinus live. In this forest there are 50 places with 2 nestboxes (one old and one new). 15 Glis and only 1 Muscardinus were caught in these nestboxes (last year 16 Glis and 12 Muscardinus). Even 14 Glis were found in new nestboxes (last year - 13)! One more Glis site with 50 nestboxes is not checked yet.

With best wishes,
Institute of Ecology, Akademijos 2, LT-2600 Vilnius, Lithuania

Dormouse Bibliography: New Publications

R. Juškaitis. 1999. Mammals occupying nestboxes for birds in Lithuania. Acta Zoologica Lithuanica. Biodiversity 9 (3): 19-23.


1) The Shrew Shrine

Not sure if you are aware of my other "baby". "The Shrew Shrine" is a forum similar to "The Dormouse Hollow". There is a web-site and a newsletter (Shrew Talk) (since 1996). If you are interested in Soricidae (Insectivora), please check the following URL:

(or contact me to subscribe to Shrew Talk)


2) Telemetry Equipment (T. Alanko / Televilt)

Another number of Televilt's Newsletter is out. Visit our web site to read about:

Best regards.
Tom Alanko
TVP Positioning AB
Box 53
S-711 22 Lindesberg

Tel. +46 - 581 17195
Fax. +46 - 581 17196

P.S.: If anybody is interested in TELEVILT's equipment please write to Tom Alanko . State that you have found the announcement in "The Dormouse Hollow" and pass on my best regards.
Thanks, Werner Haberl

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